Professional Development for Educators

The GSC and Professional Development for Educators

The GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of critical global issues. Such opportunities include day-long workshops; certification/ development points; lectures on global issues etc.

The GSC can provide funding support for K-12 teachings and other educators. For example, the GSC offers oversea experience for K-12 teachers and are faculty during the summer. In 2009, the GSC was awarded a Fulbright Hays Short-Term Study Tour for Educators, which permits the GSC to take 12 teachers to Egypt for 4 weeks. This experience enables teachers to develop lesson plans and materials pertinent to their professional needs and interests. For more information about funding/ grant opportunities for educators, please contact us:

Upcoming Workshops & Events for Fall 2019

Population Education: Hands-on Activities for the Elementary Classroom

Join us at this hands-on, cross-curricular professional development workshop with the Population Education open to K-5 educators. The curriculum and the workshop seek to promote issue-based learning while also meeting state and national standards in a range of disciplines including science, social studies, mathematics, language arts and environmental education. The curricula prepares the next generation for responsible global citizenship by encouraging students to think critically, problem solve, and make informed decisions about the world around them. The workshop will provide educators with resources and strategies for teaching about human ecology and related social, environmental and economic issues. Educators will receive 3 hours of Act 48 credit, a certification of completion, and an online curriculum access card with over 40 ready-to-go lesson plans. In addition, the Global Studies Center will provide dinner and parking to registered participants. Click on date (Eventbrite link) below to register.

Thursday, September 26, 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Workshop led by Kate Silvis, D.Ed, Professor and the Chair of the Education Department, La Roche University

Contact Maja Konitzer with any questions.


Global Issues Through Literature - Global Health and Gender Equality

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions usually take place in 4130 Posvar Hall (unless otherwise noted) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided. Click on date below to register.

Save the dates on following Thursday evenings:

October 3, 2019: The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai.
Discussion led by Dr. K. Frances Lieder, Contemporary Global Issues
Cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium For Teaching About Asia

November 21, 2019: We Are All That's Left by Carrie Arcos.
Cosponsored by the European Studies Center and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 

January 23, 2020: The Doctor's Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi.

February 27, 2020: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.

April 23, 2020: Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura.
Cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium For Teaching About Asia

Contact Maja Konitzer with any questions.


Past Workshops (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019):

April 25: "GraceLand", by Chris Abani

March 21: "Instant City": Life and Death in Karachi by Steve Inskeep

March 2: Workshop on Human Rights and Genocide - Confronting Genocide: Never Again?
Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center, European Studies Center, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and African Studies Program

Participants were introduced to the Choices Program's Human Rights and Genocide unit and seeked to understand the causes of genocide and how people have grappled with many questions in response to genocide throughout history and today. The workshop was open to educators teaching humanities, geography, history, government, current issues, civics, and other social studies in grades 7-12. Each participant received two curriculum units, lunch, Act 48 credit, and parking.

January 31: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" -- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

December 13: "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

November 15: "Exile Poems" by Tuhin Das
Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and City of Asylum

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